Jim "Mattress Mack" McIngvale — who owns Gallery Furniture in Houston, and previously made headlines for opening his stores' doors in the wake of Hurricane Harvey and Tropical Storm Imelda— is doing so now for those who have been adversely affected byWinter Storm Urithat ravaged Texas this week.
While "it's kind of a feeling of déjà vu doing this again," McIngvale toldABC News, "obviously the circumstances are quite a bit different. But the need is tremendous."
The business owner explained that he bought "10,000 gallons worth of diesel" for backup and had a generator while Gallery Furniture opened its locations in Houston and West Houston. According to McIngvale, they should be able to provide between 200 and 300people with shelter at each store.
"Anybody who needs it — whether they're homeless, whether they lost power, whether it's just wanting to come in and get something to eat — anybody wants to come in, we're here for them," he said. "We all have a responsibility for the well-being of the community."